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‘Funny, bittersweet and touching. Will resonate with anyone who is “trying”‘ – MARIAN KEYES


Written by Grazia magazine’s Features Director, this is a novel about a woman who is trying, and so far failing, to conceive.

A hugely funny, searingly honest comedy about to expect when you’re not expecting.

Olivia and Felix are trying for a baby. They even moved to the suburbs in anticipation of their future family. But despite approaching her cycle and their sex life with military precision, there’s still no sign of what felt like the sure next step, whilst friends’ broods seem to be growing by the week. Meanwhile, vying for a promotion at work under the (very attentive) watch of a new boss sends Olivia down a dangerous road of risking it all. Does a happy ever after, she starts to question, even have to include a baby?

This is standout, intelligently written commercial fiction for fans of Sharon Horgan’s Catastrophe, Dawn O’Porter’s The Cows and Mhairi McFarlane’s It’s Not Me, It’s You.

(P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited


I've just finished, I couldn't put it down! God, it's powerful, it brought up so many feelings in me. Emily Phillips writes so well, so funny and relatable. Also she writes about love BEAUTIFULLY . . . Funny, bittersweet and touching, this book will resonate with anyone who is 'trying'
Marian Keyes, author of THE BREAK
Funny and warm and brilliant
Lucy Vine, author of HOT MESS
Captures that painful, haywire feeling of wanting something so badly and the all-consuming nature of trying but not getting.
Helen Russell
A deeply moving and raw story, told with great humour. An assured debut from Emily Phillips.
Louise O'Neill, author of ALMOST LOVE and ONLY EVER YOURS
An irreverently funny book that will resonate with anyone who's ever been trying
Red Magazine
Hilarious and relatable . . . A warm and funny book
A tender and funny story
A funny but uplifting novel
Daily Mirror
TRYING is a wonderfully funny novel about a young women who is "trying" in all aspects of her life. Not only is she trying to climb the ladder at work but she is also hoping to start a new family. This book is relatable and incredibly heartwarming as you see Olivia struggle through the big life questions that we all fear
Yorkshire Evening Post
Funny, honest and thought-provoking. *****
Heat Magazine
A funny, complex debut
Emerald Street
Bella Magazine
A moving but funny read
Closer Magazine
A brilliant read
Read it - think Marian Keyes for the social media age
Sunday Telegraph
Hilarious, heartbreaking, truthful and bold
Dolly Alderton, author of EVERYTHING I KNOW ABOUT LOVE
Side-splittingly relatable
Bryony Gordon, author of MAD GIRL and EAT RUN DRINK